grace period


: a period of time beyond a due date during which a financial obligation may be met without penalty or cancellation

Examples of grace period in a Sentence

The terms of the loan allow for a ten-day grace period.
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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grace period was in 1907

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“Grace period.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

grace period

grace pe·​ri·​od
: a period of time beyond a scheduled date during which a required action (as payment of an obligation) may be taken without incurring the ordinarily resulting adverse consequences (as penalty or cancellation): as
: a period of 30 days or one month during which premiums on insurance policies may be paid without penalty
: a period of ten days during which certain security interests (as those in fixtures) must be perfected in order to have priority over conflicting security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code

called also days of grace

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